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Project by David posted 05-07-2011 01:47 AM 1777 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

63” X 28”H ~ Oak with 1-1/2” beveled, 1/4” thick mirror. The corners are assembled with loose tenons and the brackets with 2 screws each from the backside. The cleat it hangs on makes it stand proud from the wall, hence the strips that run down each end on the back side keep it from tipping at the bottom as well as concealing the space in the back. The idea was to make it sit out over the dresser top, which due to the baseboard cannot be pushed tight to the wall. This eliminated the gap between the dresser top and wall.
Matching the finish was the real challenge. I tried mixing different colors of stain to get the right shade but couldn’t even come close. With hat in hand, I went to a specialty finish supplier in Seattle. They specialize in custom work and have years of experience in that field. I took them a drawer from the dresser and they said to come back in a week and they would see what they could mix up. The solution was a bit more intensive than the usual wipe on some stain and finish routine. First I applied an aniline water base dye and let that dry overnight. Then apply the oil base stain and let that dry. Then I could do the usual varnish routine: one thinned coat to penetrate, dry, a second coat straight from the can, dry really good, sand it out with 400 grit and finally a thinned final coat. You can see the steps in the last photo (L to R) and I’m please with the results. Thanks also to the Folks at the local glass shop; (the beveled mirror was just shy of 100 bucks) they are always great to work with and I’ve done numerous projects with them, and the folks at the finish shop who had the experience to match the stain. The mirror clips are fender washers; each with a rubber grommet that I had to cut down to size.


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#1 posted 05-07-2011 02:45 AM


Your mirror looks fabulous! One would think it was purchased with the dresser as a set. Thanks for sharing.


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#2 posted 05-07-2011 06:57 AM


Really nice job! I like your design, and the construction technique. The color match is well done, and no small feat. It’s really nice to have coloring experts close at hand!

I hope you don’t mind, but I would like to ask some questions. I have to build a wooden frame to fit over an existing bathroom mirror. It has to mount flush to the wall, such that it looks like it was built there. Had you considered using a french cleat system to hang the frame/mirror to eliminate the gap?

Thanks in advance for your kind help.

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#3 posted 05-09-2011 04:01 PM

It is mounted on a sort of home made french cleat but made from 1 strip of 3/4 and a strip of 1/4 marine plywood (see photo 3: stained piece mounts to the wall). As it says in the explanation; I wanted it to sit proud from the wall so it would be even with the back edge of the dresser top. The dresser can not be tight to the wall as there is a 3/4” baseboard and hence a gap between the wall and rear edge of the top.


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#4 posted 11-03-2012 11:56 AM

Was looking thru mirrors for some ideas for my brides christmas gift, thanks for some great inspiration.
Nice job. It looks great.

-- oldreddog

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